New stills of "Her Private Life" provide some context for the relationship of Ryan (played by Kim Jae-wook) with Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young. Through three separate pictures we can see Ryan giving a disgusted, side-eyed look at Cindy (played by Kim Bo-ra), who appears to be taking a photo of Si-an (played by One) on her phone.
As Ryan is known to be Si-an's friend, it can be inferred that Ryan has a protective relationship with the younger man, who probably has to deal with privacy-invading fans. The English language newspaper (along with Ryan's own English language name) suggests at a cultured international man likely to look down at fan culture.
As Deok-mi is simultaneously high culture (by being a curator) and low culture (by obsessing over idols in her spare time), the dual identity poses an obvious test for Ryan. It remains to be seen which of Deok-mi's personas Ryan will encounter first.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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